Ask me where I've been: Czech Republic
Why study abroad?
I feel like studying abroad is an integral part of the liberal arts experience. It is a great opportunity to experience another culture in a way that just traveling to the country doesn’t provide. Furthermore, it makes you grow not only as a student but also as a young adult exploring the greater world and overcoming significant challenges.
Why did you choose Czech Republic?
Prague has the best film school in Europe and since I am a production major it seemed like the best option.
What courses did you enroll in while abroad?
The production core classes that were required for the program, Visual Theory, and Film, Form, and Style, and Intensive Beginning Czech.
What was your living situation?
I lived in an apartment with the two other women in my program and a Czech buddy, who attended the Czech program at FAMU.
What did you do for fun?
We did everything! Explored all around Prague (the tram system makes this very easy), ate at restaurants, went out to bars, made family dinners, saw movies, shopped, and traveled!
Highlights of the program:
The nine days of production were absolutely amazing. We got to use professional equipment and learned so much about filming on 16mm film and all the other jobs on a film crew that are responsible for making production happen.
The most challenging aspects of your experience:
The program was very tiny so if you don’t fit in with the majority of the people it would be hard. I got along great with everyone so it was really fun but that could be a challenging aspect. Also deciding whose stories get to be produced was also challenging. In terms of living in Prague, it was hard at first to negotiate the trams and streets because we couldn’t pronounce the names of places but after a week or so navigating was extremely easy and I always felt safe!
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